Safety equipment is complete in the 2010 Volkswagen Golf, but the new vehicle hasn't been officially crash-tested yet. However, it's very similar to the outgoing model, which earned four-star ratings for frontal impact and five-star ratings for side impact from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The previous Rabbit model also earned the Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), with all "good" scores.
Standard 2010 Golf features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and brake assist. MyRide says the "active front seat head restraints help to properly position passengers during an impact" and the "tilt/telescopic steering wheel maintains the proper distance between the driver and the steering wheel's airbag."
Cars.com notes Volkswagen offers optional "rear seat side-impact airbags on four-doors."
The view out is good, but the base of the Golf's windshield is rather high, a result of European pedestrian collision standards. Still, the newest Golf provides "good visibility throughout and decent outside mirrors," says MyRide.